One of the most sensitive areas of Georgia law is that of sex crimes. While most people think of sex crimes as being the acts of rape, sodomy, or prostitution, Georgia’s sex crime laws go much deeper. In fact, throughout the Metro Atlanta area, law enforcement continues to “crack down” on sex offenses, including those taking place over the internet or other technology. Another area of sex offenses that Georgia law enforcement takes seriously is that of prostitution. While prostitution may be one of the oldest “professions” in the United States, it is also one of the most controversial, and most often, illegal.
Georgia Law and Prostitution
There are several offenses classified under the umbrella of prostitution, including the following:
• Prostitution – Prostitution can be defined as offering, performing, or agreeing to perform any sexual act in exchange for something that is valuable. This may include money, drugs, property, or other services. Under Georgia law, the act does not need to be fulfilled in order for a prostitution charge to be made.
• Pandering – Pandering can be defined as gathering or soliciting one or more individuals for engaging in acts of prostitution. Pandering may occur on behalf of a third party, or may involve a group of individuals brought together for the purpose of prostitution. It is also considered pandering when an individual persuades someone else to partake in acts of prostitution with the goal of splitting any valuables earned.
• Pimping – Pimping includes any behavior designed to encourage prostitution, such as scheduling a meeting between a prostitute and customer, demanding an individual to partake in prostitution, or benefitting from acts of prostitution. Often, pimps are third parties to the individuals who commit acts of prostitution, and his or her clients, but acts as a source of information and transportation.
• Place of Prostitution – Under Georgia law, it is illegal to maintain a place of prostitution. This may include using a home, apartment, hotel room, or other property for the purpose of prostitution. This crime is distinct from prostitution, though often accompanies prostitution charges.
Penalties for Prostitution
Depending on the nature of the charge, and any mitigating circumstances, the penalties for a prostitution conviction can be life altering. The most common penalties in Georgia include:
• Expensive fines, possibly up to $100,000 depending on the circumstances
• Mandatory registration on the Sex Offender Registry
• Incarceration between 1 and 10 years
Georgia law is strict concerning prostitution. In recent years, Georgia lawmakers and enforcers have been working diligently to reduce the number of sex crimes in our state. Unfortunately, not all methods for cracking down on crime are effective. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU) has expressed concern that proposed laws and penalties are extreme and highly controversial. One of the proposed laws includes banning individuals convicted of prostitution from certain areas of Atlanta, or forcing them to leave the city altogether. The ACLU is concerned that police will be placed in a precarious situation, and citizens will be fearful of being arrested for walking or standing in the perceived wrong area.
What to do if you have been accused of a Sex Crime
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Georgia, you likely have many questions about how to fight the charges and secure the best outcome possible. Sex crimes are taken very seriously in Georgia, and are a complicated, sensitive area of the law. It is crucial that you seek the guidance of an experienced Atlanta Prostitution Defense Attorney as soon as you have been charged. If you want to avoid being registered as a sex offender, contact Abt Law Firm, LLC right away. To schedule a free consultation, call us 24/7 at 1-800-NOJAIL-9 (1-800-665-2459).